For the second season, formerly recurring cast members Mike O'Malley, Heather Morris and Naya Rivera were promoted to the main cast.In the third season the main cast remained at fifteen, with Harry Shum, Jr.This trope is named for the Alanis Morissette song "Ironic"; see our article on her for more on that.Compare Poe's Law, Misaimed Marketing, and Repurposed Pop Song. This trope is about music only and should not be potholed as an equivalent to Take That! There is a page about irony itself - what it actually means, and what the different types are - and it's called (ironically) "Irony".The sixth and final season's main cast was reduced to nine: Colfer, Criss, Lynch, Mc Hale, Michele, Morrison and Overstreet continued from the previous season, Riley returned to the main cast, and Dot-Marie Jones as football coach Shannon (later Sheldon) Beiste was promoted to it.The series has many supporting characters, including faculty members, students and relatives of the glee club members.Jayma Mays (Emma Pillsbury) auditioned with the song "Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me" from The Rocky Horror Show, while Cory Monteith (Finn Hudson) initially submitted a tape of himself acting only, and was requested to submit a second, musical tape, in which he sang "a cheesy, '80s music-video-style version" of REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling".
This is what happens when a song with lyrics which are intended to be ironic is (ironically) used unironically in the soundtrack of a show, demonstrating either ignorance or willful misuse by the producers. The worst examples of that so far happened when Smash Mouth's "Walkin' on the Sun" became a jingle for Mercury, and General Mills' rewrite of Melanie Safka's "What Have They Done to My Song, Ma" to "Look What They Done to My Oatmeal".
Broadway stars including Idina Menzel, John Lloyd Young, Jonathan Groff, Phoebe Strole and Kristin Chenoweth have been featured in guest roles.
A number of the principal actors were cast directly from Broadway, while those without theatrical backgrounds were required to demonstrate singing and dancing as well as acting ability.
Although Colfer had no previous professional experience, Murphy was so impressed by Colfer's performance that the role of Kurt Hummel, named after the character Kurt from The Sound of Music, was created for him.
Auditioning actors with no theatrical experience were required to demonstrate their ability to sing and dance.